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All the Tech We've Used to Intercept Every Kind Of Communication

Spy cameras are probably the most axiomatic gadgets when we talk about intelligence-gathering techniques. But intercepting and decoding messages is just as important as taking pictures. Here's a look at all the devices spies have used to tap into voice, mail, phone, radio, morse, electronic messages, and other signals. » 2/13/15 3:00pm 2/13/15 3:00pm

The NSA Is Collecting Emails and Texts for Just Mentioning "Targets"

There's a story in the New York Times today that details how the NSA hasn't just been tracking communications to and from (potential) foreigners of interest—it's actually tracking all emails and text messages that potentially mention these targets. That dragnet just got a lot wider. This is the actualization of the… » 8/08/13 12:06pm 8/08/13 12:06pm

House Denies Warrantless Wiretapping Immunity For Telcos

In a textbook display of checks and balances, the House of Representatives defied President Bush and the Senate yesterday by passing their version of a surveillance bill without legal immunity for telcos. The bill passed by only 16 votes, far from the 2/3 majority needed to override Bush's inevitable veto. It looks… » 3/15/08 1:55pm 3/15/08 1:55pm

Whistleblower Says the Feds Are Spying on Your (Verizon) Mobile Phone Too

Not sweating the NSA's warrantless wiretapping program 'cause you don't have a landline, just a mobile? Tell your glands to kick in again. A computer security consultant working for a wireless carrier—probably Verizon—stumbled upon a high-speed backdoor built into the carrier's network for the Feds to pull anything… » 3/05/08 10:00pm 3/05/08 10:00pm

President Bush: You Should Thank Telcos For Spying On You, You Terrorist-Loving Jerks

While many people who value their privacy got pretty pissed when they found out that companies such as AT&T were illegally tapping their phones for the NSA, President Bush doesn't see it that way. In fact, he thinks the wiretapping telcos are American heroes, and anyone who thinks differently is straight-up… » 3/05/08 10:55am 3/05/08 10:55am

Snuggly the Security Bear Explains: Warrantless Wiretapping Is All About Love and Freedom

If you're still confused about the whole warrantless domestic spying program that the telecoms colluded with the government on (which is being conveniently shuffled away from official scrutiny, forever), Snuggly the Security Bear by Mark Fiore sums it all up in the absolute cuddliest way possible. [Mark Fiore via … » 2/14/08 11:25pm 2/14/08 11:25pm

Last Chance to Save Our Privacy Rights from Warrantless Domestic Spying

While the Senate passed the bill giving telecoms like AT&T and Verizon a free pass on their collusion with government to warrentlessly wiretap American citizens, there's one last hope we might one day find out the scope and depth of the program. The House's version of the bill does not include a telecom immunity… » 2/14/08 8:14am 2/14/08 8:14am